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Narendra Modi sweeps BJP to victory for the third time in Assembly elections

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December 20, 2012 - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has led Bharatiya Janata Party to victory again in the Gujarat legislative Assembly elections. In the 2012 Gujarat Legislative Assembly Elections, the BJP has kept up with the projections of the exit polls and is now looking for a two-thirds majority. As the BJP has surpassed the half way mark in the number of constituencies won, the opposition parties especially the Congress are looking for ways to make the best of its defeat.

Finance minister and senior Congress party leader P Chidambaram said the real victory in Gujarat belongs to Congress. He said that the BJP has been contained to a number below last time. However, the major state Congress leaders have lost in the elections. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Arjun Modhwadia who contested for the Porbandhar seat for the third time has lost to BJP candidate Babu Bokhiria by a margin of over 17,000 votes. He immediately tendered his resignation as the party chief in the state taking responsibility for the loss of the party in the state. Modhwadia has twice defeated BJP candidate Bokhiria in the 2002 and 2007 elections, but failed to defeat him this time.

With Modi sweeping the Gujarat elections, all eyes are on the BJP central leadership to see if the party would name him as the Prime Minister candidate in the 2014 general elections. However, BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad steered clear of the issue saying that the party follows a democratic procedure in choosing its nominee, while acknowledging that Modi is an important leader of the party.

In December 2007, BJP won 117 of the assembly's 182 seats. This year, they managed to win 116 seats, with Congress winning 60 seats. When Keshubhai Patel was in BJP, the party won the 1995 and 1998 assembly elections winning 121 and 117 seats respectively. However, the numbers will not take the shine away from Modi's victory. In fact, he led the party to a hat-trick victory in Gujarat.

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